Sometimes sitting by the pool in Malaga isn’t enough of an adventure. If you’re not afraid to brave the elements, a walking holiday in the UK can be inspiring and spirit lifting. Britain has some fantastic scenery and challenging hikes, which pleasantly punctuated by country pubs can provide a wonderful weekend break. Here are the top spots for hikers…
- The Lake District is a mountainous region in the North West of England, and comprises a stunning national park. It contains the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. The views are worth the arduous work of climbing, and the collected Scaffells can be climbed together in a ten hour walk for the intrepid.
- The Peak District has plenty of challenging walking, but also some great flat walking on one of the many moors. Stanton Moor is peppered with lots of small yet steep hills and has a few stone circles too, aiding the sometimes difficult task of navigating on moorland.
- Snowdonia is a stunning area of Wales, and there’s more to it than the highest point, Snowdon. Ty-fan is a smaller but more interesting hike that incorporates some scrambling, and it’s also well knows for being part of the SAS selection run. At the summit is the almost compulsory heart in mouth moment of jumping from Adam to Eve, two similar rocks spaced far enough apart to give you a rush leaping between. Mind your ankles.
- The Yorkshire Dales have several national trails, including the gargantuan Pennine Way, a path leading from the Peak District to Scotland. You’ll need a tent, or book a stay in one of the budget hotels or youth hostels en route.
- The Brecon Beacons is home to, among other things, the 95 mile Beacons Way. If you’ve got eight days to spare it’s satisfying to traverse the length of it, but you can of course just walk a section, or tackle a small walk that fits in with a bus route, so you can get back to where you started in relative ease.
- The Scottish Highlands are not to be left out of any such list as they offer some of the most outstanding scenery in the UK. Ben Lomond is on the eastern shore of Scotland’s biggest lake, Loch Lomond. There are alternatives to the tourist path for experienced hikers, but for most the main route provides enough of a challenge, particularly with the weather some points of the year – Ben Lomond can be snowy.